Edge of The Trees sculpture
Public Art : Edge of The Trees sculpture
Sculptors : © Janet Laurence & Fiona Foley
Description: A series of 29 massive pillars made from
sandstone, wood and steel standingly proudly in cluster (like a forest).
Date Unveiled: 1995
Location: The Edge of The Trees can be found outside
the Museum of Sydney, Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, Australia.
... the discoverers struggling through the surf were met on the beaches by other people looking at
them from the edges of trees. Thus the same landscape percieved by the newcomers as alien, hostile or
having no coherent form, was to the indigenous people their home, a familiar place, the inspriation of
Rhys Jones, 1985
Edge Of The Trees: A Sculptural installation by Janet Laurence & Fiona Foley
Edge of The Trees is about contact. It acknowledges the indigenous place and people of Sydney, home
of the Eora, and the many layers of occupation since 1788. Materials - stone, wood, steel -
represent interface of natural and built environment. Substances - shell, hair, ochre, ash, bone -
represent human presence and passing. Names - of Eora men and women, First Fleeters, plants and
Koori callings of place represnt shared and separate custom, memory and knowledge. A place to
enter, explore, contest anew; perhaps reconciliation?